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Fix Daily Poll: Will 2010 be another 1994 for Democrats?

By Felicia Sonmez

As The Fix examined in today's paper, there's no shortage of parallels between the current electoral environment and the one that faced Democrats in 1994.

When it comes to the generic ballot, 47 percent of voters surveyed in last month's Washington Post-ABC News poll said they'd support the Republican candidate while 46 percent said they'd support the Democrat. Those numbers echo the results from August 1994 (49 percent for the Democratic candidate, 42 percent for the Republican).

In presidential approval as well, the numbers are eerily similar -- President Obama's approval currently stands at 50 percent in the recent Post poll, while Bill Clinton's was at about 44 percent in August 1994 (in Gallup's polling, Obama is at 44 percent while Clinton was at 39 percent at the same point in 1994).

The similarities in the numbers are hard to deny, but on the other hand, the Republican party faces more dismal approval ratings than it did in 1994, and some Democrats argue that their candidates have been running more aggressive campaigns this time around.

So we're putting it to you: how does the current environment compare to 1994? Give us your answers (and your thoughts) below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 23, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Daily Fix Poll  
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